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ARTIST
TITLE
Wings of Africa
FORMAT
LP

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NA 5070LP NA 5070LP
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RELEASE DATE
11/6/2012

"Musi-O-Tunya's debut album Wings of Africa, the first independently released pop album in Zambia. The realm of western-influenced African music is consistently dominated by such powerhouse names as Fela Kuti, Victor Uwaifo, and other West African legends. Their 60s and 70s recordings have been reissued by companies like Soundway, Strut, and Analog Africa. One can't possibly hope even to scratch the surface of the continent, however, without giving mention to Zambia's Zamrock scene, which, alongside the music that arose in Ethiopia in the late 60s and early 70s, is leagues deep and largely misunderstood. In the same vein, the genius of multi-instrumentalist Rikki Ililonga, and the famed Musi-O-Tunya band he helped found, have been afforded little international light. Ililonga's charismatic presence and unparalleled musicality -- coupled with his ability to pen deeper lyrics than most in the genre -- and Musi-O-Tunya's transcendent ability to deal in difficult traditional Zambian rhythms, deep funk and unrestrained fuzz rock in equal measure, have made for some amazing albums. This is a must have for any aficionado of world music and psych-funk splendor."